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McMahon's Madaffari Takes Second in Cross Country

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The way Tim Foster sees it, the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference cross country season couldn't have been planned any better. "I don't know how the schedule worked out, but it's perfect for us," the Fairfield Warde coach said after his runners concluded a successful afternoon of racing in unseasonably warm and muggy conditions at Waveny Park in New Canaan. "It seems like each week just gets a little tougher, so we can build as it goes, and be ready for the championships at the end of the season."Foster has two titles to defend in late October: His girls team was the surprise winner over a favored Wilton squad, and Harry Warnick won the individual title on the boys side.Monday's results indicated that both of those crowns stand a good chance of returning to Warde in a month. Warnick ran to an easy yet impressive win in the boys race, clocking 16:24 for five kilometers, 51 seconds ahead of Brien McMahon's Chris Madaffari. The time was even more impressive with a challenging course and conditions as well as the seeming ease with which Warnick accomplished it.The Warde girls made it look equally as easy in the race that followed, taking the first four places to easily outpace Danbury and host New Canaan. The Mustangs were paced by senior Alexis Hoadley, who clocked a time four seconds faster than Warnick's for 1,000 meters shorter. "The girls ran well at the Ocean State Invitational in Rhode Island Saturday," said Foster. "To come back and run well 48 hours later shows we're heading in the right direction. But we'll get a real test next week when we run against Ridgefield on their course."Complete results of the races are available on the Club Connecticut website .

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